Since 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency has run rampant and used its vast regulatory powers to trample the rights of American citizens. For this reason, it is no surprise that the Trump administration is weighing serious cuts to the agency, a fact that the EPA’s employees must have anticipated as many reportedly cried when Trump was initially elected. The move to gut the agency has gained additional momentum now that Florida Representative Matt Gaetz is working on a bill to abolish it outright.
“Our small businesses cannot afford to cover the costs associated with compliance, too often leading to closed doors and unemployed Americans,” the letter says. “It is time to take back our legislative power from the EPA and abolish it permanently.”
The move follows President Donald Trump’s directive Monday requiring agencies to abolish two regulations for each proposed new rule.
The EPA was established in 1970 and is responsible enforcing such things as the Clean Air and Clean Water acts, as well as the Superfund Act. If the agency is abolished, it is unclear what would take over in its place or whether the three laws would be repealed.
Trump said during the campaign he would like to eliminate the EPA but has since said he supports some of its functions.
The White House has sought to calm jitters at the agency. Don Benton, who is overseeing the transition at the EPA, sent a memo saying much of what has been reported about changes at the EPA is inaccurate and quotes people no longer involved in policy decisions.”